VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENT
Mary Marrero (Mary spoke about her sister Becky, and about the effect
Becky's disappearance had Becky's daughter, and on herself).
"The day she came up missing, I wanted to kill myself. It's been a long 29 years
wondering every day what happened."
"My family was finally able to put Becky to rest on Feb. 5, after her remains were
found in December 2010."
"I don't believe Ridgway has ever told all he knows about the locations of his
remaining victims. The killer is keeping them as "trophies. He should be put
to death. He knows where all his victims are and where to find them. … It
makes me sick to my stomach that he beat the system."
What does it take to get the death penalty in Washington? I don't agree with
the plea deal to spare his pathetic life. He's worthless and he's not going to
give any more up. He is a waste of society and a waste of space.
If I had one more thing to tell you today, it would be "kill him. Kill him.
He beat the system just like he beat his victims. …
"I hate your guts Gary Ridgway. Your day is coming soon."
Gary Ridgeway read a statement to the court, in part which read
"I killed so many women, I have a hard time keeping them straight."
He attempted an apology to the Marerro family but was subdued by
a man yelling at him "Shut your mouth! Shut your (expletive) mouth!"
Judge Mary Roberts
"I am usually a judge of few words, but I have a few for Ridgeway.
I find myself unable to hold out any hope for Ridgway's humanity.
I can find no compassion. Instead, my heart is completely filled
with sympathy for the family of Rebecca Marrero, and despair
that a person is capable of such a crime."
Dan Satterberg (King County Prosecutor)
"The plea deal was aimed at the families of dozens of women thought to have
been killed by Ridgway, but which had little evidence.
"It wasn't about what Gary Ridgway deserved. He deserved no mercy. He deserved
the death penalty.
"In the end it was about what the families deserved. We knew that the single-minded
pursuit of the death penalty would come at a great cost, the cost of the truth of the
disappearance of dozens of known victims, disappearances that continued to haunt
Ridgeway is a suspect in dozens of other disappearances yet to be solved.
In 2003, then prosecutor Norm Maleng approved of a plea agreement
reached with the serial killer. Gary Ridgeway would be spared the Death
Penalty if he plead GUILTY to any future cases in which his confession
is backed up by evidence.